Nelly arrested for allegedly raping woman; lawyer says accusation is ‘fabricated’

Authorities arrested rap superstar Nelly on early Saturday morning after a woman claimed he raped her on his tour bus, in Auburn, Washington.

The News Tribune reports that the victim called the police at a little after 3:45 a.m. on Saturday morning and reported that Cornell Haynes Jr., better known as Nelly, sexually assaulted her after he performed with country singers, Florida Georgia Line, on Friday night at the White River Amphitheatre.

According to police, the tour bus was parked off of Outlet Collection Way when the alleged assault occurred. So far, there’s no additional details about the victim or the alleged assault.

Authorities arrested Nelly and charged him with second-degree rape. The rapper was scheduled for a Saturday night performance with Florida Georgia line in Ridgefield, Washington.

Variety reports that Nelly’s lawyer, Scott Rosenblum, said the the allegation was “fabricated.” Rosenblum plans to fight the charges on Nelly’s behalf, as the victim reportedly made a false report out of “greed and vindictivness,” according to the attorney.

“Nelly is the victim of a completely fabricated allegation. Our initial investigation clearly establishes this allegation is devoid of credibility and is motivated by greed and vindictiveness. I am confident, once this scurrilous accusation is thoroughly investigated, there will be no charges. Nelly is prepared to address and pursue all legal avenues to redress any damage caused by this clearly false allegation.”

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[Feature Photo: AP/Seivan M. Salim, File]